Selling Dharmic Renaissance to the Middle-class: Part I

It wouldn’t be grossly erroneous to say that the age of the Dharmic Renaissance in India started in 2014. The fact which adds credibility to the statement is the turning of the political tide in favor which prepared the ground for masses to re-look & rediscover their past from a multitude of angles under a complaisant government. As the rest of the world tries to decipher and decode the complex structure of Indic psychology, they have to remain contented with few who claimed or claim to master the subject but in reality, were very similar to blind men describing an elephant based on whichever part they could touch. The unilateral prism which the west employed and continues employing to discern the civilizational depth of India can be termed as a praiseworthy attempt but not a thorough realization. Hence, whenever the topic of the Dharmic Renaissance comes to the fore, a prudent approach would be to fathom the initiation and evolving stages conclusively before writing it’s summary.

The success or failure of any cultural churning has been dependent on how the not-so-elites and not-so-poor have responded to it. If they were able to digest the novel aspects, it was inculcated as values for generations to come. If not, the same have met a muffled death in the books of history. The same parameter, when applied to the Indic context, seems to produce dispiriting results and does not augur well for the future unless rattled by some benignant intervention. When looked upon as a keen observer, it seems the weight of the glorious past has perpetually bent the spinal cord and restricted the vision on one’s own feet. While individuals have been gloating about the clearer view of their standing, they stand unaware of the shrinking ground around them. Under the benevolent political tutelage, one could see the proliferation of discussions about the topics which connect it to its civilizational root in various forms. What was considered politically incorrect for 70 years has arisen to resist and seek clarification as to why it was subjected to impropriety. But what they fail to discuss or raise is the longevity of this favorable climate. Any ideological movement looking to suck the life from a favorable political condition dies a natural death with an adverse change in the power structure. Unless the thought process transcends the realm of political and personal objectives, it is bound to meet a dismal fate.

One of the potent problems which the Dharmic Renaissance in India faces today is its inability to visualize how the future would look like. Rarely one comes across a thought-leader who would propose where would everything fit in the whole scheme of things going ahead. No one knows or questions if all this brouhaha is about chasing a mirage. And this is the precise reason, while one would find numerous Dharmic intellectuals possessing great knowledge about the past and scriptures, very few have been able to come out of the individual shell to talk about something which resonates with masses who worry and plan their future in every aspect. The whole foundation of getting accepted within a fold concerned with the future lies in the basic understanding of their approach towards their daily-life. It would be easier for such Dharmic Intellectuals to shed the burden of blame by declaring that their views preach only the converted ones but looking at the collective level this is an impending colossal calamity no one is ready to address. Social Media has given wings to such thought-leaders to impress the audience with the veracity of their knowledge of the past but the bothering trend not being able to capitalize on the popularity to shape a narrative for the future speaks volumes about the extant latitude.

Sadly,the beautiful and glorious past has made the civilizational awakening anything but nimble. The masses in the recent past have given enough indications about their afflictions and attachment to their triumphant past but at the same time have shown their incapability to carry the legacy unless a conducive environment in agreement with present and future is given to them. Negating this realization without due diligence would be nothing less than being culturally suicidal. Debating and interpreting the past is optional but ignoring the future is unpardonable. Unless we don’t want to go down in history as the shortest-lived cultural rousing, the weight on the back needs to be loosened up to look in the direction of the rising sun.

Kumar Dipanshu is a techie by profession with keen interest in Human Psychology, Spiritual advancement and World Politics. He has co-founded couple of start-ups and loves mentoring budding entrepreneurs. In his spare time he can be found either cooking or enhancing his knowledge about Vedic Scriptures.

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